Ice cream social set at museum

CEDAR RIVER – West Shore Fishing Museum will host its annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 12 to 4 p.m., CST. Visitors are invited to celebrate the end of summer at an old-fashioned community picnic on bay shore property that dates back to 1893.

The event features a huge selection of homemade pies, brats, hot dogs, root beer, ice cream, and root beer floats. Donations of homemade fruit pies to support the event are welcome.

Two live music acts featuring guitar and vocals will entertain. Nick and Mary Vieth will start the day followed by Matt Johnson, local solo musician.

The vintage Gift Shop is stocked with many newly arrived treasures. Perennial plants from the flower gardens are available for sale, along with advice from a Master Gardener.

A play area is set aside for children, with children’s games during the afternoon, more than 60 prizes will be raffled off starting at 3 p.m., and a variety of antique vehicles will be on display in the yard.

The event and the museum celebrate life on Green Bay waters and shores in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on commercial fishing, a major industry in the region. The restored Bailey home, exhibit buildings, commercial fishing boat displays, gardens, and nature trails provide a pleasant and relaxing step back into local history, organizers said.

West Shore Fishing Museum is both a Michigan Registered Historic Site and a part of the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail. It displays five commercial fishing boats including the fully restored gill net boat Kate A. and the more modern trap net boat, “Mary Kay.”

There is no admission or parking charge. Most of the museum and grounds are handicapped accessible. The museum operates largely on the funds raised at this yearly event and on donations and memberships. It is located off Highway M-35 at Bailey Park, 15 miles north of Menominee or seven miles south of Cedar River. Drive into Bailey Park and then go north on the shady lane into the museum grounds. The gates will open at noon. Contact Noreen Johnson at 715-923-9756 for more information.